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The Highs And Lows Of The Houston Texans

Brooke Lewis
Posted on October 17
J.J. Watt smiles at a microphone wearing a bright red suit jacket.

J.J. Watt recently was inducted into the Texans Ring of Honor during a home game at NRG Stadium. (Carmen Mandato/Getty Images)

I still remember going to my first Texans game when I was in the sixth grade with my parents and childhood best friend. It was an exciting moment: Houston had a professional football team again! The Houston Texans franchise has been through many ups and downs ever since their inaugural season in 2002. Let’s take a look at their history.

The Start of The Texans

In 2002, the Houston Texans were given the first overall pick in the NFL Draft and selected David Carr as their quarterback. The Texans kicked off their inaugural season with a win against the Dallas Cowboys. It was the first time a team had won their expansion debut in 41 years. Carr finished his first season with 2,592 passing yards, which set the franchise record for passing yards completed by a rookie in a single season.

The Highs of the Texans

Over the years, some Texans became household names. Some of the favorites include Andre Johnson and J.J. Watt. In 2003, Johnson was selected to play for the Texans as the number three pick during the NFL draft. He would become a celebrated player, leading the team to their first non-losing season in 2007. During his 12 seasons with the Texans, he led the team franchise in receptions, career receiving yards, and receiving touchdowns. When J.J. Watt joined the Texans in 2011, he became a breakout star on the team. During his eleven seasons with the franchise, he set the record for sacks, quarterback hits, forced fumbles, and more.

The Present Day

More recently, the Texans faced controversy over their former quarterback Deshaun Watson. In 2021, he was sued by multiple female massage therapists for sexual harrassment and sexual assault. Watson denied the accusations and settled the majority of the lawsuits, but was traded to the Cleveland Browns last year. Now, the Texans have a new quarterback C.J. Stroud, who hails from Ohio State and a new head coach, DeMeco Ryans. The Texans have made it to the playoffs six times, but I know many are hoping they will eventually make it to the Super Bowl one day. We’ll keep our fingers crossed until then!

Are you a diehard Texans fan? Have a favorite memory from a game? I want to know.

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